Illustrating the power of a public vote, a new £36.2m road in Derby will be named after the Tomb Raider herself, Lara Croft.
The decision isn’t quite as weird as it sounds, the video game franchise was devised and developed in Derby by Toby Gard at the now-defunct Core Design. The town also features streets named after other famous local sporting icons, artists and other heroes – Brian Clough Way, Sir Frank Whittle Way, Joseph Wright Terrace and Florence Nightingale has Nightingale Road.
More than 27,000 people voted on the street’s new road, with options including legendary footballer Steve Bloomer, engineer George Sorocold and astronomer John Flamsteed. Among such esteemed company, a whopping 89% voted for Lara Croft Way.
Councillor Lucy Care, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said:
“The vote really captured the imagination of people from across the world and, despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that a majority of 89% for Lara Croft is too overwhelming to ignore.
“She was created in Derby and deserves to stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city.”
Part of the new road – the biggest shakeup to Derby’s inner road network in 30 years – will be named Mercian Way, as a lasting legacy to honour local soldiers.